Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boxing: Home Truths for Champ Khan

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Boxing: Home Truths for Champ Khan

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AMIR KHAN has been told he must be patient if he wants to emulate Joe Calzaghe and enjoy a long unbeaten reign at the top of his sport.

Khan has been itching for a world title shot for the majority of his 18-fight career but, after climbing off the canvas to defeat Michael Gomez in Birmingham on Saturday, he came face to face with a few home truths.

Promoter Frank Warren insists the Bolton 21-year-old, who will return to the ring in September, needs at least two more fights before getting in with one of the world lightweight champions.

Warren said: "Joe Calzaghe was 25 before he fought for his first world title. We just need to put the brakes on a little bit.

"There's no timetable. I could make a world title fight tomorrow, but it's all about waiting for the right moment."

Khan learned a valuable lesson at the National Indoor Arena where he was toppled by a left hook in round two before battering Gomez to defeat towards the end of the fifth round. …

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